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3-D Gauge Cluster concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

3-D Gauge Cluster conceptNVIDIA and icar have teamed up and are working on a 3D gauge cluster for cars. The pic above is a concept, but if the final product is that awesome, they will really be onto something. The proof of concept shows how adaptable a 3D gauge cluster could be and it is capable of displaying a whole lot of info.

The images show the standard speedometer and fuel gauge, along with radio and navigation information. Relocating this information to the gauge cluster could reduce the need for a second screen in a car’s center stack.

Prof Turns PS3s into Supercomputer

Posted in PS3,Supercomputer by Chetz on March 31st, 2007

Sony Playstation 3 Supercomputer createdIf this doesn’t tell the Sony executives that they better get a killer app game out for its PlayStation 3 sooner rather than later, we don’t know what will. Over at the North Carolina State University an associate professor of computer science went out and bought eight PS3 units and then clustered them together to combine their processing power. Apparently the demos for “Resistance: Fall of Man” wasn’t enough to impress Dr. Frank Mueller about the PS3’s gaming ability, but he can get a decent level of supercomputing processing power out of the 64 logical processors that are banked together.

Mueller admits that his Sony supercomputer solution is constrained by the 256 megs of RAM and networking hiccups, but for $5,000 the Cell chip architecture gives high enough performance for a relatively cheap cost. And, Mueller says, if he had 10,000 PS3s …